Scenes from Alexandria in the time of Domitian

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Abstract

During the reign of the last Flavian emperor, Domitian, the mint at Alexandria placed greater emphasis on Egyptian imagery in selecting reverse types. This paper examines two architectural types employed for the first time in this period: the Pharos and a triumphal arch. Although the great Ptolemaic lighthouse had stood for over three centuries it was not depicted on coins until AD91/92. The triumphal arch, which first appears on coins from AD86/7, has been identified as one of Domitian's arches in Rome. But there are reasons for supporting Botti's neglected suggestion that it was to be seen in Alexandria and that its constuction may have begun under Titus.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEgyptian culture and society
Subtitle of host publicationstudies in honour of Naguib Kanawati
EditorsAlexandra Woods, Ann McFarlane, Susanne Binder
Place of PublicationCairo
PublisherAmerican University in Cairo Press
Pages205-218
Number of pages14
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9789774798456
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameSupplément aux Annales du Service des antiquités de l'Egypte
PublisherAmerican University in Cairo Press
Number38

Keywords

  • coins of Alexandria from time of Domitian
  • Pharos
  • Roman arches in Alexandria

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    Sheedy, K. A. (2010). Scenes from Alexandria in the time of Domitian. In A. Woods, A. McFarlane, & S. Binder (Eds.), Egyptian culture and society: studies in honour of Naguib Kanawati (Vol. 2, pp. 205-218). (Supplément aux Annales du Service des antiquités de l'Egypte; No. 38). Cairo: American University in Cairo Press.